I made it a goal to clean this table in my sewing room next to my accuquilt. I tend to cut and throw the pieces here. It was supposed to be a place for a scrap basket, but the basket was covered and consumed by my untidiness. The basket was full, and it was time to empty it. I enjoy the quilted twins blog, and, she weighs her scraps before and after cutting. It sounded interesting, so I weighed before, and it was 5 lbs 2 oz. That means there is about 15 yards in the basket. That is enough for a good size quilt. No wonder, scraps never go away.
It took 2 evenings to get through the basket. The flats in the lower left were 3 oz and they were put back into my scrap drawers as is.
The top left was 5 inch squares weighing 12 oz. - almost 3/4 of a yard. The pile at the right, I want to cut into triangles on the accuquilt. I cut 3 1/2, 2 1/2, 2, and 1 1/2 squares if I couldn't get strips.
There were hardly any 3 1/2 inch strips ( on the left). Probably because I wanted to cut 5 inch squares this time. The 2 1/2 inch strips weighed 9 ounces. And the 2 inch strips were 5 ounces. The blue 2 inch strips went into a project box for a quilt someday. And any green and pink 2 inch strips were sent to a project bin. I didn't weigh the 1 1/2 inch strips.
Bonnie Hunter often says that scraps are the same 12.00 a yard as any other quilting fabric. The 15 yards would be 180.00 dollars in a quilt store. I think that is interesting. I wondered about the time factor. It took 2 evenings watching TV. It would take the time of one evening to go to a quilt store since there are none close to where I live. And, maybe 1/2 of an evening to browse online to find something to order. Did I waste my time? I don't think so. There is something therapeutic about cutting fabric for me. I was watching TV anyway. And, I feel less wasteful. I have to admit, I am more likely to start something new after playing with the scraps. I did start 2 new project boxes. But, then, I will never be bored.
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